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Berks & Bucks FA release provisional county cup fixture dates

The Berks & Bucks FA have released a string of dates provisionally booked for all their senior & youth county cup competitions for the 2019/20 season.

Four new cup competitions are also revealed, as well as provisional dates for all the cup finals.

The full announcement can be viewed here:

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Adult competitions

Youth competitions

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BBFA U13 SCC; Didcot Town 0-4 Finchampstead

Didcot Town – 0
Finchampstead – 4


Finchampstead lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Thirteen County Cup at Thatcham Town on Sunday, playing some great football at times Didcot couldn’t contain them during the first half, three down at the break they did regroup for the second period and had a goal chalked off for offside, despite having a spell of dominance they were then hit with a sucker punch fourth goal late on.

A strike worthy of any cup final opened the scoring just before the quarter hour mark, a ball knocked out to the left of goal was hit first time and brilliantly bent around the keeper, despite having plenty of the play it took until eight minutes before the half-time whistle for the second to arrive, failure to clear their lines saw a shot take a deflection past the Didcot keeper. It was three just a couple of moments before the break when a goal kick was headed back over the red backline where the scorer took control to wrong foot his marker before absolutely smashing home.

Didcot did get the ball in the back of the net early in the second period however a raised flag denied any celebration, they went on to enjoy a good spell of possession however all that was undone when a superb through ball saw the red backline opened up, one pass to the forward saw his first effort blocked and as the defender went to clear he stuck out a boot to divert home.

Attendance: 90

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BBFA U12 SCC; Ascot United 4-0 Didcot Town

Ascot United – 4
Didcot Town – 0


Ascot United lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Twelve Sunday County Cup at Flackwell Heath with a commanding performance against Didcot Town, two goals either side of the break saw the yellow & blue side impress from start to finish although credit to the Didcot side who never gave up and had chances to get back in the game but found a resolute defence in their way, it took two very late goals at the end to settle the tie once and for all.

United took the lead after just six minutes with a controversial opener, an initial shot was blocked on the edge of the box where a back heel through the Didcot backline saw an attacker in front of goal gratefully accept and swivel to score, despite the protests for offside the goal was allowed to stand. They enjoyed plenty of possession but it took a further twenty minutes before they doubled their lead when a shot was saved but turned in by an alert Ascot attacker, and they went into the break looking very comfortable.

After half time Ascot again had plenty of the ball and looked very lively up front, but it took until six minutes from the end for their third to arrive when a back pass to the Town keeper was too short leaving him stranded as the Ascot player rounded him before rolling home. The fourth arrived shortly after when a clearance from a set piece saw an attempted shot from the angle fly across the goal face and as a defender and striker both swung but missed, there was a spare yellow shirt behind to slot home.

Attendance: 110

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BBFA U12 SCC; Windsor 0-4 Bracknell Town

Windsor U12 – 0
Bracknell Town U12 – 4


Bracknell Town lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Twelve Saturday County Cup at Flackwell Heath with a commanding win over Windsor, two goals either side of the break were enough to lift the silverware, they were even afforded a late first half penalty miss that produced a great save although in the end it did not really affect the outcome of the contest.

Bracknell took the lead just before the quarter hour mark with a simple chance that was rolled in after an initial shot was saved, five minutes later they doubled their advantage with a back post header from a corner on their left. As the half wore down they then won a penalty after a trip, but the Windsor keeper did brilliantly guessing the right way to block and ensure the scoreline was no worse before the break.

Early in the second half Town had a chance when an initial shot was saved but the ball rolled out invitingly to be hit at the unguarded net however it rebounded back off the post to the Windsor keeper who gathered gratefully. The game was virtually over with twelve minutes left when the third arrived with a great turn on the edge of the box and curl inside the back post, in the final minute a fourth duly arrived following a great run down the left channel and a low drilled shot past the keeper.

Attendance: 105

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B&B Veterans Final: MK Irish lift the first-ever Vets County Cup

MK Irish have won the first-ever Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup final as they defeated Buckingham United 5-0 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club.


MK Irish – 2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup winners

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2019 Berks & Bucks Veterans Final

BBFA JC; Willen 2-4 Maidenhead Town Reserves

Willen – 2
Maidenhead Town Reserves – 4


Maidenhead Town Reserves won the Berks & Bucks Junior County Cup on Saturday at Bracknell with a win over Willen in a pulsating cup tie that had everything, twice they took the lead only to be pinned back, two penalties, open goals that were missed, and once the team in blue took the lead for the third time with eighteen minutes remaining their opponents tried as best they could to find another way back, but with the clock ticking down a late corner saw the keeper advance to add numbers in the box but the clearance sent long saw a mis placed pass in the Buckinghamshire sides half twinned with the shot stopper out of his area leave Town with a simple fourth to kill the game off.

Willen had the first chance just two minutes in when Adam Booth was released down the right and sprinted away from his marker, reaching the edge of the area he drove low at the target but Town custodian Alistair Passey got enough of a block to allow a defender to clear, a free kick at the other end taken quickly saw Darryl Wearn in behind and as he put the ball through the advancing keeper Adam Wheeler’s legs towards the empty net, Jack Whitehead was heading towards the six-yard box where he managed to clear. The Milton Keynes side then went close again when Paul Edgeworth flashed across goal and wide of the far upright, their opponents did the same through Jonathon Palmer-Smith ahead of a glancing header from Wearn that bounced past the post.

Maidenhead bench celebrate opening goal

An in swinger from the wing saw Passey go up against Booth whose looping header looked to be going in until Maidenhead skipper Phil Lowe headed over his own bar, a Willen free kick some twenty-yards out saw Lewis Smith go for glory forcing Passey down low at the foot of his post to save, closely followed by a deep cross that Edgeworth headed down and again the keeper did well to get something on it to turn over his frame. Just past the half hour mark a clever pass through the middle saw Clarke Abrams through on goal however a defender on his shoulder managed to get a slight block to divert for a corner, at the opposite end a deft lob over the red backline saw Aaron Keenan try to lift over Wheeler however there was never enough pace to trouble the shot stopper.

The Berkshire side took the lead on thirty-eight minutes through Wearn, set free on goal down the middle he waited until Wheeler advanced before absolutely smashing home, moments after going behind Willen conceded possession in their own half allowing Wearn down the right where his low drive was straight at Wheeler, a throw along the eighteen yard line saw a Cameron Netherwood-Meek swivel to dink over everyone but land on top of the netting, from the restart Booth was released down the flank and his shot from distance saw a flying save from Passey diving away to his left, another ball dinked over the blue defence saw Booth denied again by an outstretched boot, although it just wouldn’t come down quick enough for him to connect properly. H/T: 0-1

An early chance of an equaliser was spurned when a pass laid back to Lewis Hopkinson was lifted over the top, but just four minutes in his side were awarded a penalty when Booth was fouled inside the area and Smith almost broke the net with the power despatching it past Passey. Moments after the equaliser the ball was in the back of the net again however Booth was clearly offside & then on the hour mark Town regained their lead following an attack that was cleared in the box, as it went out for a throw for which most of the players on the pitch prepared for the assistant on the far side was noticed to be flagging furiously and once the referee went over to consult he blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, much to the disgust of those in red.

Lewis Smith levels from the spot

After the protests died down Bell despatched the spot kick to restore the Maidenhead lead, just four minutes later they missed a chance of going further ahead when sloppy defending saw Willen give the ball to Wearn with Wheeler out of his box trying to help his defence he could only pull his shot from twenty yards wide of the nearest upright, parity was restored mid-way through the half when a corner curled towards the near stick saw Jason Pinnock rise to it first to knock inside the post. Jed Chapman almost gave his side the lead for the first time in the contest when he collected on the edge of the area, sensing a challenge coming in he turned the defender before dragging wide, Booth was next to try getting down the right channel but could only fire into the side netting.

Maidenhead retook the lead on seventy-two minutes when a free kick out on the wing almost on the half-way line was floated in and as a mass of bodies all challenged it was headed back across goal to Scott Cooper who rolled into the empty net. Willen from there simply couldn’t find a third leveller, a late chance for Booth saw him sent down the middle of the pitch but Passey advanced to meet the striker and got enough of a block to loop the ball over the top for a corner, the collision resulting in the front man having to go off injured, the set piece was cleared long which the red defence tried one too many passes only to give it to Wearn who fed Adrian Manez to go round the retreating Wheeler and seal the game. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 160

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BBFA U14 CC; Ascot United 3-3 Widmer End (2-1 on pens)

Ascot United U14 – 3
Widmer End U14 – 3

(Ascot win 2-1 on penalties)


Ascot lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Fourteen County Cup on Saturday at Bracknell Town in a thrilling game that had it all, an early two goal lead left those in the yellow & blue looking comfortable but their opposition came out after the half-time break a different side and were level within fifteen minutes, they then scored what they thought was a late winner however they themselves were then pinned back to take to the game into a shootout, the woodwork and some great saves finally seeing the United side prevail two-one.

Ascot took the lead on nine minutes from the penalty spot after a foul in the box, within a minute that lead was doubled with an exquisite chip over the keeper from twenty yards & their lead looked promising at the break. Widmer came out for the second period all guns blazing and after hitting the bar & seeing the Ascot keeper save on his six-yard line they pulled a goal back just two minutes in after a goal mouth melee eventually saw the ball slotted home at the back post. A thumping header from a corner levelled the game with twenty-two minutes left, the rest of the half saw both sides go close but in added time Widmer scored from a corner which they thought was enough to clinch the game, however a free kick to their opponents saw confusion in the box and a late late leveller to take the game into penalties.

Widmer scored the first spot kick, United levelled before the second for the team in blue was saved, before Ascot could celebrate their next attempt came back off the post but then their opponent’s next spot kick was wide. Ascot took the lead & then watched as their keeper made a magnificent save, the next United effort missed but the fifth Widmer penalty was saved leaving the United keeper swamped by his ecstatic team mates.

Attendance: 180

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BBFA CC; Henley Lions (Pinks) 1-0 MK Wanderers (Hawks)

Henley Lions – 1
MK Wanderers – 0


Henley Lions won the Berks & Bucks Under Thirteens County Cup on Saturday at Abingdon United thanks to a fourth minute strike which they held on to until the end, an entertaining game saw plenty of chances created at either end but some dogged defending and great keeping kept the score line down to the solitary winner.

Attendance: 115

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BBFA SJT; Jolly Sportsman 1-3 Bearwood Wanderers

The Jolly Sportsman – 1
Bearwood Wanderers – 3


Bearwood Wanderers lifted the Berks & Bucks FA Sunday Junior Trophy with a commanding performance that the Jolly Sportsman had no real answer to, taking an early lead into half time they added a brace from Callum Wright in the second period to comfortably see the game out, a late reply came in added time but it was all too little too late although had an early error by the victors been punished then maybe a different outcome would have been witnessed.

Sportsmen were almost gifted an opener on four minutes when a ball rolled out by keeper Tom Williams looking for his full back never made it allowing Jamie Garside to nip & steal however he fired across goal and wide of the back stick, at the opposite end Wanderers frontman Callum Whitty got his head to a throw but could only steer straight at the waiting gloves of Ashley Smith, George King forced a good save from Williams from distance, and a poor clearance from the Amber backline allowed Matt Long to shoot but again expectant gloves were behind it all the way, the opener arrived for Bearwood on eighteen minutes when Whitty challenged for a cross and the knock down fell perfect for Bradley Fuller to power home from just inside the eighteen yard line.

Bradley Fuller opens the scoring

Martin Loakes tried to pull his side level from thirty yards but could only drag wide, then inside his own penalty area a shot from Daniel Wing deflected off him which Smith had to fling himself to his left to push away with both hands, Wanderers continued to threaten with another free kick that skipper Jamie Raine was inches from connecting with from where a quick red & white counter attack saw a pass up to King who tried the spectacular mid-air scissor kick but only fired straight at the keeper, Fuller screwed wide from inside the area, Wright did well driving down the left and from the byline delivered a perfect cross but none of his colleagues were close enough to attack, he then poked the wrong side of the post after beating his marker to a through ball from twelve yards. H/T: 0-1

Within sixty seconds of the restart Whitty was played inside the Sportsman area but Smith was off his line in a flash to take the ball off his feet, at the other end a twenty-five yard free kick was fired into the hands of Williams from King, then on fifty-six minutes Bearwood doubled their lead with a simple routine that saw Dan Quaterman pick out Wright from a corner, unmarked in front of goal he headed home to give his side some breathing space. From that point there only seemed one outcome, Whitty took a pass on his chest on the edge of the penalty arc and had time to turn and volley over the top, exactly midway through the half the game was put to bed as Wright bagged his second of the game.

Callum Wright header makes it 2-0

A cross from their left seemed harmless enough however the red & white defence switched off allowing the front man to time his run into the box perfectly to take possession and fire home, from here the Sportsmen heads dropped realising their game was up. A long punt downfield from Williams saw Whitty cushion down for Wing but he chipped over the top, a series of substitutions did little to help the momentum of the game but in added time the Sportsmen grabbed a late consolation when a clearance bounced off a defender to sit nicely for Jim Jowers to fire home from six yards. F/T: 1-3

Attendance: 168

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